Sean Kingston, ‘Born to Be Wild’ Feat. Nicki Minaj – Song Review
Longtime pop music watchers might get confused by the title of Sean Kingston's new tune featuring Nicki Minaj. The reggae-flecked track samples the "classic" song 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' by the Tokens -- but the 'Born to Be Wild' title might make one assume the Kingstone/Minaj jam would borrow from the Steppenwolf song of the same name. We're guessing that lions are wild animals, so therein lies the connection, maybe?
The song is nevertheless a catchy, cartoonish romp that could easily be inserted into a major montage scene in an animated flick. It gives off that sort of electricity.
Kingston delivers his lyrics in alternately melodic and rapid-fire fashion, singing, "I was born to be wild / Til you came around / I'd rather die a thousand times / Then live without your love." It's ironic phrasing, since Kingston had a brush with death last May via a jet ski accident.
Minaj drops a Dr. Seuss-pattern rap at around the 2:20 mark, which she tosses into the ring with a faux British accent (is that you, Roman?). She then reverts to her normally sassy vocal style after a few verses, referencing the cover of Vogue, talking about going topless and having a baby. During her rap, the 'Super Bass' singer brings up an embarrassing Michael Jackson incident, singing about "hang(ing) a baby over a balcony" and "teach(ing) them to moonwalk." Minaj makes the most of her verse, saying a lot in a short amount of time.
Overall, 'Born to Be Wild' is an exercise in bright, silly fun.
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